Well, that didn’t last long.
Remember, like, just 3 days ago when it seemed like the Cincinnati Reds season was over because the St. Louis Cardinals swept them? No? Well, then you weren’t one of the hundreds of people throwing in the towel on Twitter and all the other places fans can express their opinion.
As we’ve seen time and time again this year, the 2010 Cincinnati Reds do not give up. Let me repeat that because it’s important and not something Reds fans are accustomed to. The 2010 Reds. Do. Not. Give Up.
Case in point: they beat the Florida Marlins for the second straight time tonight. And this was with Dusty Baker suspended. (The Reds maybe should consider “suspending” him more often.) Mike Leake contributed a quality start, and Nick Masset bailed out a shaky showing from Arthur Rhodes to pitch two shutout innings. Francisco Cordero came on for his typical walks-filled, bases-loaded ninth, but he got the save.
Thanks to another continuing-to-stay-with-it offensive performance, the Reds gained the early lead and added runs in the 5th and the 8th. And thanks to the Cubs defeating the Cardinals in St. Louis today, the Reds are once again tied for first place.
Homer Bailey returns from the disabled list to start in place of a suspended Johnny Cueto tomorrow and close out the Marlins series. The Reds have already won the series, but I think they can sweep it.